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Kick your weekend off . . .
. . . with clay! What better way to unwind into the weekend than a clay class? Friday Night Clay with Nancy Bulkley joins our extensive schedule of winter-to-spring wheel throwing and hand building classes.

This new class invites all levels of hand builders to celebrate the weekend with a relaxing Friday evening pottery class. Beginners will be introduced to basic hand building skills and advanced students will be given more complex challenges with hand building.

 Register now . There are only a few days left to get an Early Bird Discount.
Schedule for our winter-to-spring classes:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Feb 24-Mar 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson
  • Thurs, Feb 27-Apr 2, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Feb 27-Apr 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through February 4.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Feb 23-Mar 29, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount available through February 4.

Coffee and Clay
  • Wed, Feb 26-Apr 1, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird Discount available through February 4.

Friday Night Clay
  • Fri, Feb 28-Apr 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird Discount available through February 4.

 Never tried throwing pottery on the wheel before? Our Try It Once classes are a great place to start.

 Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Feb 8, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Mar 14, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

Our Try It classes are also great fun for groups of family or friends.
Studio life
On behalf of the participating artists, we thank all the friends of Yourist Studio Gallery who came to our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale and made it such an outstanding success .
First scholarship awarded
We are gratified to announce the award of the first Stephen Kerr Mentor / Scholarship thanks to its successful funding during our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale. Your generous donations to this fund help create community programming as well as enrichment to individual students in need of extra support.

You can learn more about the scholarship here . We welcome contributions to the scholarship here .

And you came through . . .
 . . . big-time for the bees!

The "Save the Bees, Save the World" sale at our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale raised $450.00. With a 3-time match from the National Resources Defense Council , the total contribution amounted to a whopping $1350.00. Learn more about the NRDC's campaign to save the bees here .

Overcrowding alert!
Our bisqueware shelves will soon be overflowing. If you have bisqueware on our shelves that was fired in December, it's time to glaze it or pick it up and take it home by Saturday, February 1 .

Sadly, we must discard any unclaimed December bisqueware remaining after February 1.
Ready, load, fire!
Here's the tentative schedule for our February gas kiln firing:

Loading : Tuesday, February 18
Firing : Wednesday, February 19
Unloading: Friday, February 21

Remember, the February firing will occur when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln, so start glazing now. Be sure to check with the studio for February firing schedule updates.
Tool Time is back!
 Our next Tool Time demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at 3:00 pm . Kay will show you how to deal with the challenges of throwing a platter. There's no need to register in advance. Just drop by the studio to see this demonstration, which is free and open to the public .

If you have topics you'd like Kay to cover, please get in touch . We're interested in hearing from you.
Potter's quick tip
Q. As a beginner, I struggle with glazing and am often disappointed with my results. What can I do to improve my glazing?

A . We suggest reviewing the basics of glazing from A to Z in this comprehensive video from Karen Witham-Walsh , a professional potter and 25-year high school ceramics instructor. She shows how to dip, pour, and brush on glazes for the best results. Witham-Walsh made this video for her students, so it does contain a few unobtrusive references to her classroom process. Just be aware that our studio glazes are not formulated for brushing, but Witham-Walsh's brushing instructions do apply to brushable commercial glazes.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners (but is helpful to anyone who finds glazing a challenge).
Clay lover's events calendar
John Henry sculpture
by Kelly and Kyle Phelps
Pewabic Pottery exhibition

Double Take . Now-February 23, Flint Institute of Arts. Trompe l'oeil ceramics and glass. More . . .

Useful and Beautiful: Decorative Arts Highlights . Now-July 26, Flint Institute of Arts. More . . .

In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 . December 14-March 8 , Cranbrook Art Museum. More . . .

Kelly & Kyle Phelps: Blue Collar . January 24-April 27. Pewabic Pottery.

Monumental: The Art of Viola Frey . March 4-June 14, Flint Institute of Arts. Includes her ceramic masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization. More . . .
Resources for potters
All about underglazes
Underglazes have been a topic of interest around the studio lately, so we're featuring this excellent tutorial from Miss Linnea Lark , who bills herself as an "auntie, potter, teacher and artist." Her video is a "step-by-step guide to using underglazes to add an illustrative design to your ceramics." She demonstrates "how to create solid, opaque images as well as how to create watercolor techniques using underglazes." She also provides lots of helpful answers to viewers' questions in the comments section.
Bonus video!
Welcome to the second episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down . Potters are challenged to hand build a chess set that expresses their personality, as well as to throw small à la master potter, Geoffrey Swindell . (See a collection of his tiny pots here .) Plus, Keith has nearly everyone in tears in this episode.
Studio and Gallery hours
Gallery/Tool Shop hours:
Tues-Wed 12-6 PM
Thurs-Sat 10 AM-6 PM
Sun 4-8 PM
Open Studio hours:
Tues, Wed, Sat 12-6 PM
Thurs 10 AM-12 PM, 3-6 PM
Fri 10 AM-6 PM
Sun 4-8 PM
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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